NEW PUBLICATIONS

The volume G of the Colourstrings Violin ACB tutors by Géza Szilvay studies every position of the violin in a separate volume. It offers art-pedagogical material in order to read confidently in the positions, to master the shifting movements and to understand why and when to use a particular position.
Book G3 (Fourth position) 55011-596-5, 37,50 € Buy now
Book G4 (Fifth position) 55011-597-2, 37,50 € Buy now
Piano accompaniments for books G3 & G4 55011-693-1, 38,50 € Buy now

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Concert Overture is a 12-minute work for small orchestra. Sibelius conducted the premiere performance in Turku, Finland in April 1900. The work has not been performed since the first years of the 20th century. Concert Overture has its origins in stage work ”Jungfrun i tornet”, and is in a way hidden inside of the stage music. Conductor and scholar Tuomas Hannikainen discovered the existence of the overture during his research in 2019. He has edited and reconstructed the work.
Study score 55011-734-1, 24,50 € Buy now

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Post-Tarrega Stress Funk (2020) is a whirlwind showcase piece for the guitar. Exceptionally demanding technically, it was composed for the guitar virtuoso Otto Tolonen, who premiered the work at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in february 2020. A download link to practice score is included in the printed version.
55011-732-7, 21,20 € Buy now
Also available as downloadable pdf edition:
55016-590-8, 21,20 € Buy now

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This raucous and technically somewhat challenging suite for clarinet and piano is a musical portrait gallery of the Seven Brothers by playwright Aleksis Kivi. They all get musical pictures played by Aapeli, a character also appearing in the play. The solo part is available both in B-flat and E-flat transpositions.
55011-733-4, 16,50 € Buy now

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Often referred as the "romantic modernist", Lars Karlsson has followed his own distinctive route on the Finnish contemporary music scene. Two spiritual songs have been composed in a span of over 40 years.
55011-731-0, 14,50 € Buy now

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The work for solo violin (1994) opens with Bach-like Vivace followed by a singing Larghetto. The final Allegro has an energetic character which on account of its melody and its clusters of chords is reminiscent of Bartók's violin compositions.
55011-724-2, 12,50 € Buy now

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The vast vocal work of Ilkka Kuusisto has numerous masterpieces which we are bringing to public knowledge.

Viisi laulua Helena Anhavan runoihin (Five Songs to poems by H. Anhava) for mezzo-soprano & piano (1993) includes various styles from ragtime to waltz and gentle ballade to Finnish texts.
55011-727-3, 14,50 € Buy now

Do not stand at my grave and weep for soprano & piano (2020) where the powerful poem of anonymous writer consoles at the moment of seemingly absolute loss, supported by beautiful vocal line.
55011-728-0, 10,00 € Buy now

Käytännön filosofiaa pienille punamuurahaisille (Practical philosophy to small red ants) for voice & piano (1976) includes five philosophical songs with natural touch to poems (in Finnish) by Kari Saviniemi.
55011-729-7, 14,50 € Buy now

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Christmas Suite for soprano, trumpet (or piccolo trumpet or flugelhorn) and organ was commissioned by the Swedish congregation of Espoo in 1999 to celebrate the new millennium. The texts (in Swedish) include Medieval prayers praising Mary and Psalm 96. Duration 16 min.
Score & trumpet part 55011-730-3, 24,90 € Buy now

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Seppo Pohjola composed his fifth string quartet in winter 2018. He was inspired to write it by a visit to the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam the previous year, where he was greatly impressed by the vast, comprehensive retrospective and especially the horrifyingly honest self-portraits. The soft opening tones bear an instruction alluding to Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht string sextet: the quiet music must be richly shaded. Dur. 20 minutes.
Score & parts 55011-689-4, 39,90 € Buy now

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The long-waited solo part with piano reduction and study score for Hakola's Clarinet Concerto finally available! The concerto created world-wide buzz after its premiere in 2001, which was augmented after the CD release. It is a rich and original work in 4 movements lasting some 40 minutes.
Solo part & piano reduction 55011-708-2, 29,90 € Buy now
Study score 55011-107-3, 99,50 € Buy now

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Sinuhe is based on the best-seller book by Mika Waltari and it acts as an example of a Finnish composition founded on a non-Finnish subject handled in a non-National-Romantic way. The Oriental moods and the Nile do not correspond to the view of a Finnish composition as one favouring topics from the national epic, the Kalevala, and lakeland scenery. The ballet’s combination of a historical subject with an exotic, stylised idiom showed that Englund had his finger on the international pulse, like Barber’s Medea and Khachaturian’s Spartacus.
55011-717-4, 99,90 € Buy now

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Duettini for two double basses by László Rossa and Bérengère Scheppler brings along chamber music from the very beginning! In these 15 miniature duos the easy first double bass part consists of only open strings and natural harmonics. This part is to be played by the beginner whilst the second part is intended for an advanced pupil or the teacher.
55011-683-2, 26,10 € Buy now

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Englund's Piano Trio (1982) is sombre in mood. In the second movement, Englund’s trademark playfulness carries a hint of sarcasm and at times builds up to a wild militant dance before finally melting into reconciliation. The piano part is the manuscript of the composer.
Piano score & string parts 55011-704-4, 39,90 € Buy now

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Uuno Klami (1900–1961) was an acclaimed orchestral composer whose works in other genres also deserve to be known. This edition of chamber music composed by him between 1917 and 1952 was edited by pianist Esa Ylönen and composer Eero Kesti.
Piano score & string parts 55011-703-7, 15,50 € Buy now

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Transcription by Matti Rantanen for accordion of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s early piano composition Icons (1955) which shows great variety in the young composer’s style.
55011-707-5, 16,00 € Buy now

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Kalevi Aho’s guitar concerto (2018) is in seven movements performed without a break and each using the guitar in a different way. Duration ca. 30 minutes.
Solo part 55011-710-5, 24,90 € Buy now
Study score 55011-709-9, 37,50 € Buy now

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Lintinen's concerto (2012-13) is full of rhythmic drive. The orchestra is handled as a large chamber ensemble in which listening closely to the other players is both possible and of supreme importance. All four movements of the concerto are joined together, and their titles say something: prefazione, danze, confessione and finale. Duration ca. 23 minutes.
Solo part & piano reduction 55011-705-1, 34,90 € Buy now

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Kai Nieminen’s two guitar pieces pay homage to 20th century French compositions: Le Tombeau de Darius Milhaud (2021) draws inspiration from Milhaud’s short guitar composition Segoviana (1957) and Joan Miro’s series of paintings called The Dutch Interiors (1928). Le Tombeau d’Albert Roussel (2020) utilises themes and harmonies from Roussel’s ballet-pantomime Le Festin de l’Araignée (The Spider’s Feast) op.17 written in 1912.
Le Tombeau de Darius Milhaud 55011-716-7, € 10,90 Buy now
Le Tombeau d'Albert Roussel 55011-718-1, € 11,90 Buy now

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NEWS & EVENTS

Lotta Wennäkoski is the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s spotlight composer for the 2021/2022 season. Flounce and Sedecim are in the concert program during the autumn, followed in January by the Flute Concerto, Soie. The Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) has commissioned a new work from her: a Harp Concerto to be premiered at the FRSO concert on 18 May. The soloist will be Sivan Magen and the conductor the FRSO’s new Chief Conductor Nicholas Collon.

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The New York Philharmonic 2021–22 season includes the US Premiere of Saudade by Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė on 17–19 February 2022 led by Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Fennica Gehrman has recently signed a publishing agreement with Martinaitytė who is said to be the next trending Baltic composer. Saudade is one of the four orchestral works released recently on CD by Ondine Records.

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New performance dates for Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera The House of the Sun (Auringon talo) at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences are 15. 16. and 17. October in Helsinki. This opera buffa is about emigrant twin sisters whose family becomes isolated with tragic consequences. The old sisters escape from their sad life into the memories of their glorious youth.

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The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra premiered a Concert Overture by Jean Sibelius in Helsinki on 26 May. The concert was broadcast at YLE and it is also available on YouTube. The Masked Musicians concert is conducted by Tuomas Hannikainen, who discovered the Sibelius material while studying the manuscript of the opera The Maiden in the Tower. The 12-minute piece is written for small chamber orchestra. Rental material is available from Fennica Gehrman.

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Fennica Gehrman has signed a publishing agreement with Iiro Rantala who has received an exciting opera commission: Die Zaubermelodika will be premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin on 24. October 2021. A sequel to Die Zauberflöte, the opera features the same cast with a characteristic Rantala twist to the libretto by Minna Lindgren. Rantala's Double Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra is to be premiered in January 2022 by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, his orchestra partner for many years. There are also plans to perform Rantala’s first opera, Pikaparantola (Sanatorio Express), in an English version in Australia. Fennica Gehrman has published two new Rantala collections: Ajatuksia (Pieces of My Mind) and Hymyilevä Apollo (Smiling Apollo) which are available in our web shop.

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The BIS CD featuring choral works by Alex Freeman has been met with great enthusisam. According to the reviews "Anyone loving contemporary a cappella choral music will appreciate the impressive Requiem ‘Under the Arching Heavens’ by Freeman. The largely tonal Requiem has a highly individual tonal language…" Included on the disc by Nils Schweckendiek and the Helsinki Chamber Choir is also A Wilderness of Sea. More information and sound samples are available on BIS's home page.

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Year 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of Joonas Kokkonen. A leading figure in the history of Finnish music, he is especially known for his symphonies and his opera The Last Temptations which will be performed at Jyväskylä Theatre from 31 December 2021 onwards. The Jyväskylä Sinfonia will be conducted by Ville Matvejeff. Fennica Gehrman has published a piano reduction of the opera to honour the centenary. First publications of his works are now also available in our web shop such as Sub rosa and The Hades of the Birds (Lintujen tuonela).

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BIS Records’ new Kalevi Aho CD has had a truly enthusiastic reception in the media. Containing the Percussion Concerto Sieidi and the 5th Symphony, it was voted Music Web’s record of the month in October, and the Symphony made a stunning impact on the critic. In the Gramophone magazine the soloist, Colin Currie, writes about Sieidi, one of the best-loved and most frequently performed of all the percussion concertos: “Part of this composer’s mastery is the structural backbone to all his music, and the architectural concept of this piece is frankly fantastic.”  Other reviews have hailed Sieidi as wild and exotic.

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Antti Auvinen has been much in the limelight due to his new CD, which sold out even before its official release. His music is said to include many superlatives such as “the most energy or the most extreme effects”. The Ondine disc by the Finnish RSO and Hannu Lintu includes three works – Junker Twist, Himmel Punk and Turbo Aria  – and has met with great enthusiasm. According to the critics, Auvinen’s finest talent is in the chillingly clear musical images that emerge from the pressurised fury. His timbral palette and its masterful handling are astounding. After the ‘punkier’ tones, we are transported to heavenly, strangely luminous and glowing spheres in which Auvinen convincingly demonstrates that he truly does have more strings to his bow than noise and tumult.

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COMPOSERS & WORKS

 

Click here to go to our composers page where you will find information and sound samples about composers whose works we represent. Included is also a list of anniversaries and repertoire tips. Our catalogue covers a broad spectrum of contemporary and classical music from Finland and Estonia. We also represent works by Shostakovich, Prokofieff and Khachaturian in Finland.


Yhdessä pianolla
sai alkunsa tekijöiden innosta kehittää pianonsoiton ryhmätunteja: luoda uutta materiaalia yhdessä soitettavaksi sekä tarjota monipuolista ja luovaa näkökulmaa muusikkouteen vapaan säestyksen, improvisoinnin ja säveltämisen kautta. Kirjan kappaleet koostuvat tuttujen kansanlaulujen ja klassisen musiikin teosten sovituksista sekä uusista sävellyksistä. Mukana melodia-, sävel- ja rytmikortit, joita voi käyttää improvisointi- ja sävellystehtävissä tai apuvälineenä rytmien ja nuottien opetteluun vaikkapa muistipeliä pelaten. Kirjalla on oma YouTube -kanava, ja kappaleita pääsee kuulemaan myös QR-koodeilla. Oppilaan kirja / Opettajan opas


Paris Impressions is Heikki Sarmanto's inspiring and lovely piano album! These 20 jazzy pieces are full of nostalgia and love for Paris in improvised variations. Buy now
See sample pages:
Les Lilas
Les Bouquinistes
Foire du Trone


Around the World in 30 Pit-Stops / Maailman ympäri 30 biisissä
is Sami Juntunen's collection of exciting piano pieces designed to cast you into a whirl-pool of world music with rhythms, harmonies and melodies of different cultural and geographical regions. Watch the videos in Youtube! / Buy now
Remember also Gettin' into Groove (Rytmimusiikin etydejä) by Juntunen - a 154-page book and a treasure trove for pianists who want to play soul, blues boogie-woogie, funk, disco etc. Buy now


Ihanuuksien ihmemaa on
Jukka Nykäsen ihastusta herättänyt pianosovitusten kokoelma
, jonka tyylilajit liikkuvat ennakkoluulottomasti iloitellen musiikin historiassa. Tämä kokoelma vie sydämesi! Osta verkkokaupasta / Esipuhe / Sisältö / Näytesivuja: Karjalan kunnailla - Romanssi (Fougstedt) - Hyljätyn valitus - Suvivirsi

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Kymi Sinfonietta/ c. Erkki Lasonpalo

Kotkan konserttitalo, Kotka (Finland)

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Lappeenrannan kaupunginorkesteri/ c. Henri Sigfridsson

Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta (Finland) Finnish premiere

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Kymi Sinfonietta/ c. Erkki Lasonpalo

Kuusankoskitalo, Kouvola (Finland)

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Hokkaido Symphony Orchestra/ c. Satoki Nagaoka

Concert Hall Kitara, Sapporo (Japan)

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Joensuun kaupunginorkesteri/ c. Henrik Schaefer

Carelia-sali, Joensuu (Finland)

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Aarhus Symfoniorkester/ c. Benjamin Bayl

Aarhus Domkirke, Aarhus C (Denmark)

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